09 May 2014

Author Book Talk: Phosphate Mining

You are in for quite a treat!  Cultural heritage organizations like to band together to bring extra special series, events, or presentations to you, our community.  We try to maximize our funds and reach by collaborating well and as often as possible. The Library is delighted to have the Beaufort County Historical Society and the Coastal Discovery Museum as co-sponsors for Dr. McKinley's lectures on the little known, but very historically significant, local phosphate mining industry.

McKinley will expose the heretofore invisible black laborers who moved fluidly between factory, mining, agriculture, fishing, and hunting to scratch out a living for their families and maintain a quality of life that was an expression of the high value the recently emancipated enslaved placed on family, education and autonomy. Come hear why McKinley sees southern industrialization as a "distinctly southern process, led initially by the planter elite and strongly influenced by the black labor force" more accustomed to working within the confines of the task system than a timeclock. 

Attend one of the sessions on Thurs., May 15, 2014 to learn more about this industry that helped transform the South. The lectures are free and open to the general public. 

  • BDC@ St. Helena Branch Library,  6355 Jonathan Francis Sr Road at Noon with co-sponsor Beaufort County Historical Society.  The Beaufort County Historical Society offers an optional lunch meal for a fee. An optional lunch is available for a fee from the Beaufort County Historical Society.  Please make reservations for lunch by calling 843.524.3942 or by e-mailing Hoffmaks@earthlink.net by Monday, May 12th.  
  • BDC@ Coastal Discovery Museum,  Honey Horn Plantation, Hilton Head Island  at 3 pm.  Space is limited.  Please reserve your seat by calling 843-689-6767 ext 223.

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